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The Bible is a book that all of us as Christian parents want our kids to come to know and cherish. Sometimes though, the Bibles in our homes aren’t all that user-friendly to kids. This is especially true now that most kids’ books are so kid-friendly, with bright illustrations that cater to them.
That’s what the Under the Sea Children’s Bible tries to correct. This is a beautiful Bible, and if I were a child, I would definitely want to pick it up. The cover is bright, with “Nemo” looking fish and other sea creatures. There are even bits of glitter and sparkle on the sturdy hardcover Bible — here’s the spine (note the glitter on the … umm … whatever fish that is).
Opening the Bible, I saw that this is a basic Bible — not a study Bible with sidebars of additional information, no maps, etc. Honestly, I was pretty surprised at the contrast between the quite-small print of a traditional Bible and the bright, colorful fish-themed pages (there weren’t many of these; maybe 5 throughout the Bible). To me, the Bible itself seemed adult-geared, while the colorful pages seemed more suited for the book’s purported 6-10 years target age range.
While I can easily imagine an 8-year-old picking this Bible up due to its beautiful cover, I can’t imagine any but the most studious following through with the small text (especially in those major and minor prophets, which can test even those of us much older). I do appreciate that this is an actual Bible, and not a transcription. The version is New International Reader’s Version, which seems fairly readable to me.
In short — the formatting and presentation of the Bible portion would appeal most to adults. The cover and colorful pages would appeal more to kids. The concept just seems like a bit of a mismatch to me.
Despite the drawbacks I see, there will be an audience for this Bible. If it’s you — or a child you know — today is your day, because FlyBy has kindly offered a copy to one of you!
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